Sat.Dec 14, 2013 - Fri.Dec 20, 2013

Be Present

A Principal's Reflections

There is no better way to get the pulse of a school as a leader than to be in classrooms. I have never considered myself one to be tied to a desk and/or office, but the managerial aspects of the position and ridiculous amounts of paperwork catch up to you at some point.

Google Apps for Edu: Learning the Ropes - guest post

Educational Technology Guy

By: Rob May, CEO, Backupify More and more schools today are moving their data to the cloud, and more specifically to Google Apps. In the past two years, there has been a 100 percent increase in the number of students using Google Apps for Education – with 72 of the top 100 Universities (based on US News & World Report) using Google Apps and saving upwards of $1.5M annually.

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Grab Your Free ThingLink EDU Upgrade

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

It''s no secret that ThingLink EDU is one of my favorite and most frequently used tools. I love ThingLink because it provides users with the ability to turn any image into a multimedia rich interactive graphic. Add video, images, audio, and links to any content on the web with the click of a button.

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The Mobile Native

Using iPads in the Classroom 1. Only One iPad in the Classroom? iPad Apps Separated by Subject Area 3. iPad and iPod Resources 4. The 55 Best Free Educational Apps for iPad 5. 15 Literacy Apps to Create Books on the iPad 6. 23 Ways to Use the iPad in a PBL Classroom 7. Middle School iPad Apps 8.

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

Pillars of Digital Leadership Series: Student Engagement and Learning

A Principal's Reflections

This post is the fifth in a series that will outline the foundational elements of my new book, Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times. It is set to be published by Corwin Press on January 14, 2014.

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73+ Ways to Use ThingLink by Donna Baumbach

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Are you looking for ways to use ThingLink? Are you wondering if you should sign up for the Free Educator Premium Upgrade before December 31st?

OpenEd: Free, Open Source EdTech Video and Games Resource for Teachers

The 21st Century Principal

OpenEd is a free service that offers users what it terms "the largest educational resource catalog with over a quarter of a million Common Core-aligned videos, games, and assessments." Users can do anyone of the following: Search for video and games by keyword or directory subject.

How Hour of Code Went Down at Our School

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English and drama teacher Mr. Van Amburgh started the ball rolling by bringing all of his classes to the computer lab to participate in Hour of Code. How cool is that? An English teacher promoting computer education!

Announcing the 2014 School Leadership Summit Virtual Conference + Call for Proposals

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership ( TICAL ) and Steve Hargadon are pleased to announce the second annual School Leadership Summit, Thursday, March 27th, 2014.

Teachers’ Guide to Plagiarism

This article provides teachers with a step-by-step guide on how to handle plagiarism in the classroom: it examines the definition of the term "plagiarism" and its types with examples, describes common reasons students plagiarize, and provides tips for teachers to detect and prevent plagiarism among students.

2014 - the year of the wearable?

Learning with 'e's

Wearable computing is just one small step up from mobile technology. A large percentage of the world''s population is already connected through mobile phones, e-readers, games consoles and tablet computers.

9 Education Reform Fallacies Held to Be True by Current Education Reformers

The 21st Century Principal

"Since the formation of the United States of America, there has been debate over the roles and purposes of education." Christopher Tienken & Donald Orlich, The School Reform Landscape: Fraud, Myth, and Lies Because educational policymakers were so successful in using the Sputnik incident in promoting new education policy and change, it seems we have a new "Sputnik-moment" every 10 years or so, and with Arne Duncan, we seem to have one every time the latest round of PISA scores are released.

The Paperless Classroom According to Our Science Teacher Ms. Brown

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I learned a lot from our 7th and 8th grade Middle School science teacher Moka Brown about how she manages her paperless classroom. Does she ever use paper? Just for tests", she reports.

Shining a Light on Our PLNs


Photo by smjbk Used Under a Creative Commons License On December 4th, I was tagged by Carrie Ross and Kristy Vincent. Then, I was tagged today by Joel Adkins and Carl Hooker.

Custom eLearning: What to Consider as an L&D Manager

A custom eLearning project is an exciting opportunity, but any L&D Manager will also tell you it can be challenging. Inno-versity shares 5 points to consider before kicking off your project. These concepts are critical to addressing the most common pain points which, IF addressed, will ensure success.

Be That Cool Teacher- Mobile Learning in The Classroom 101


With the recent expansion of mobile learning through various teaching tools such as iPads, laptops, ipod touches, and various other tablets, it is important for educators to know how to strengthen their instructional practices using these practical tools.

How to Stop Those Unwanted Auto Audio and Video Ads From Playing While Web Browsing

The 21st Century Principal

If your web experience has been like mine lately, you have probably noticed more auto audio and video ads playing as you access web pages. These auto-audio ads can really be a nuisance. Of course you can turn your Volume off, but every time you need the volume, you must turn it on again. I explored the web forums just a bit, and I think I have found a solution for Chrome Browser users. Here''s how: 1.

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A Monthly Twitter Chat for Hawaii Educators! Hashtag: #edchatHI

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A monthly Twitter chat for Hawaii educators! Anyone who lives in or is from Hawaii and is involved in education is invited to join the conversation! I''m happy to be a member of the organizing team, with Ellen Cordeiro , Michelle Colte , and Michael Fricano.

The trick to knowing what social networking sites are right for students

The Innovative Educator

Parents often come to innovative educators for advice about the online spaces their children are or should be using. Is Snapchat ok? What about Instagram ? Should my child be using Facebook and Twitter ? What is a safe site for my pre-teen to engage socially?

Key Elements for Successful eLearning Projects

Discover how this rapid development process creates engaging, custom learning solutions on a timeline that works for you, why a strong learning culture is important, and how to showcase your Return on Learning (ROL) using data to tell the story.

The Learning Revolution - Global Ed Declaration - Connected Cafe Videos - ISTE Unplugged News

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update December 17th Who dares to teach must never cease to learn. John Cotton Dana Welcome to the Learning Revolution. The technologies of the Internet and the Web are reshaping where, when, and from whom we learn. The Learning Revolution Project highlights virtual and physical events from Web 2.0 Labs and its partners. These events bring together educators, learners, leaders, and others to rethink and reinvent education.


Is EVAAS a 'Clear Path to Global Ed Excellence' or Product of Grandiose Marketing?

The 21st Century Principal

According to a recent post by Audrey Amrein-Beardsley on her blog VAMBoozled! VAMs (Value-added measures) have been used in Tennessee for more than 20 years" and that they are the brainchild of William Sanders, who was an agricultural statistician/adjunct professor at the University of Knoxville when introduced.

Drive like an Egyptian

Learning with 'e's

Anyone who has visited Cairo will have experienced the city''s incredible traffic phenomenon.

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Commonsense Media is a GR8 Place for Parents and Teachers to Find "Best Of" Lists. and much more

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I''m a big fan of Commonsense Media! Their mission and 10 beliefs resonate with me. "We We are the nation''s leading independent non-profit advocating for kids." It''s a wonderful place for parents and teachers to find age-appropriate Movies Games Apps Books TV Music ''For learning'' Resources I just posted this on my Facebook page to alert my FB parent friends about the Best Holiday Books for Kids list. Post by Linda J. Lindsay.

EdTech at School

This E-book is designed to support educators with case studies of education technology use at school.

Considering Home Learning When Doing Mobile

Education with Technology

Many schools are going mobile or one-to-one. Schools sometimes make decisions without thinking about the full consequences such as mobile and home learning. If schools supply mobile devices to the students, do the students take the mobile devices home? If students do not take the mobile device home, then mobile is only considered an in-school learning tool. Teachers cannot assign at home mobile work. Students can not learn 24/7.

Quick Key Mobile Now Free: Turn Your iOS Device into a Quiz and Test Scanner

The 21st Century Principal

Quick Key Mobile is an iOS app for teachers that basically turns the iOS device into a scanner for quizzes and tests. Quick Key Mobile was created by Design by Educators, INC. DBE), the Cambridge, MA. based company. This app first made a splash among teachers in March of this year when a grainy YouTube video demo of the prototype iPhone app went viral and racked over 450,000 views.

Continuing the Hour of Code

This past week was Computer Science Education Week and during the week a great campaign was held to introduce students of all ages to the field of computer science and programming, the Hour of Code !

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NXT Robots and #HourofCode

My Paperless Classroom

This Tutorial was originally published on T he Hausner Robotics Team Blog The Lego NXT robots use a visual programming interface that is object based. If you need to download it, start here.

6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.

3 Step plan for a digital makeover

The Innovative Educator

Who controls your online identity? Google or you? If your answer is Google, it''s time to take control with this three step plan. Step 1) Analyze your digital footprint. Know what the internet says about you. Think about what you like and what you''d like to change.

NC Textbook Funding Cut 80% While State Administers More Tests Than Ever

The 21st Century Principal

A headline on this morning''s News and Observer Website read: "NC Schools Deal with Fewer Dollars for Textbooks." According to the article, textbook funding has been cut by 80 percent or more over the past four years. This cut, coupled with cuts in instructional supply money, teaching assistant cuts, among a whole laundry list of cuts makes it very clear that North Carolina public education is not a funding priority for our state legislature or governor.

A Daringly Easy Recipe For Your Professional Happiness and a Party, Too!

The Daring Librarian

An Easy Holiday Recipe for Student Engagement & Professional Happiness For Student Engagement: Be fearlessly goofy (in moderation and at the right time), laugh at yourself (often!), admit when you don''t know something or are wrong both to the kiddos and to your colleagues.